What's important to consumers. This is where we put more newsy items of current issues relating to pests and pesticides in and around the home, food, and the environment.
Questions about Stink Bugs, Asian Lady Beetles, Bed Bugs
Consumers need to be very careful spraying pesticides - especially in living areas. Chemicals are not always the best solution for home pest control. If you choose to use a chemical, READ THE LABEL before buying any pesticide and before you use it. Check out these factsheets and information for help:
Questions about venomous insects and spiders
Consumers often ask about which insects and spiders in Virgina can harm them with venomous bites. By default, many members of the class Arachnida (Arachnids) possess venom glands and will bite if provoked. Spiders, scorpions, and even ticks are venomous. The greatest fear centers around two venomous spiders, the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse spider. But most large spiders can cause a nasty bite if provoked and the outcome can have complications. Some people have the opinion that even the Black Widow and Brown Recluse pose little threat. We live with these spiders and there aren't a great deal of bites reported. But if you are bitten you should seek medical help immediately. Things can get complicated if you don't. Here are a few references that might help.
- Encounter with a Black Widow - a true life story from Virginia.
- Information Sheet: Black Widow Spiders (Blue Ridge Poison Center - University of Virginia)
- Nuisance Insects (and related arthropods) of the Home and Yard (Virginia Cooperative Extension)
- Widow Spiders (Virginia Cooperative Extension)
- Wolf Spiders (Virginia Cooperative Extension)